Sawa dee Krap/Ka. Sawaidi Krap/Ka. Khop kun krap/Ka
Me: I’m sorry I don’t speak English. Im not a Thai. Im from Philippines.
These words have been the dialogue for the whole 10 days stay in Thailand. And I find it really cute. Back home, I always give a 2nd glance each time a foreigner passes, but this time, Thais gave me a 2nd look if I really am not a Thai. So don’t be surprised if the vendor or the waiter will be curious of your origin.
Thais don’t speak English like Filipinos do. So, most travelers frequented Bangkok and the rest of Thailand have learned a few basic Thai Expressions.
Here are some few basic Thai phrases I’ve learn.
Female Thais like to have ka on every last statement and krap for male.
Greetings, hello, or good morning = Sawa dee ka/krap
Thank you = Kob khun ka/krap
How are you? = Khun sabai dee mai?
I am fine thanks = Pom/Chan sabai di krap/ka
Khun usually denotes as opo and po in Filipino. Ka/krap and khun is usually used in every statement depending on how they use it. See more basic Thai expressions here. Say “sawa dee ka/krap” when you enter in a Seven Eleven store or when asking for direction. Notice how they smile and welcome you.
the girl selling street foods: sausages, chicken, dumplings, nuggets etc. and oh so yummy sauce
I’m always fan of this noodle soup mixed with fresh veggies and some meat
At first glance, I never notice that there were restaurants around the city because of these small carts, people in line, sausages, chickens, and noodles in every corner! It’s a typical way of eating Thai foods. I always prefer to have my meal at the streets. Delicious and very cheap!
Thais like their food spicy. If they ask you if you want your food spicy, careful, because their version of spicy is too high.I have also noticed how people got their water. When I was asking for water, the guy pointed me on the bucket full of water besides the jag full of ice cubes/tubes. Typically, you will just get a cup from the tray, scoop an ice from the jag and get the water from the bucket. DIY style and I find it interesting. Though some people might find it opposite.
When you are visiting towns and small villages in Thailand, make sure to visit their local markets. It is a small area flocked by sellers of various kinds: cooked foods, fruits, sweets, and meats. We always made sure to find market in every town we visited. At the end of the day, these merchants keep their things and products and leave no trace of having a small market in the area. I have wished Philippines got this kind of place though. Don’t worry; this kind of market is very clean. Don’t forget to say your kob khun ka/krap.
one of the best dishes I’ve tasted
I can say Thailand is tourist friendly especially when travellers prefer to drive around to visit temples and beaches. Though, you might find it very difficult to ask for directions since Thais are not English speakers and some of the road signs are not in English alphabet. You might want to use your maps and GPS instead. There were moments that I want to just beat them off for turning their backs on me while I was furious in finding the right direction. Having a map locator at the end of trip is the help I need. Lol
My experience of not having a good conversation in Thailand has been compensated with their hospitality and kindness. Be sure to pack some of your actions as it takes a bit of little hand signs plus simple words to be understood. And good amount of patience will be helpful too.
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